Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 7, 1998 · Page 13
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 13

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, June 7, 1998
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Health Jocly Martinez, assistant editor, 468-3517 SUNDAY. JUNE 7, 1998 back menta from an in jury ; An athletefeeov&rirtg frorri ah injury otfen depre9S6d r depHv6cfot a,faifliliarway of : J * sense of ress, TheMartf86ffwt wavf ?< e Pi»fe^^'^3^^iSiH i * sfe 'l^' lm H^ lr Jw ;f >' IW 1 * ln reins S;JWlll^l:,d8adlin91,fflay>SS^ ^fH^^'WItrflSuVj-'iS^S^^^^W^^^^S #**! f -*?I?S*^tM-,a*a- **^'J^^-V^^/^'^^^tW^'^i^Ms*-?.? 1 "^; ''• J <^"'* ^S'^'^i&^^W-^^.isF Stay connected -«-s Don't isolate yourself from your social network. Stay in touch with your workout partners, and when you see them, make it an occasion - like taking in a movie - that you can handle. minutes / /each day to ^giye yourse , a positive - Program to give information on 'Emotional Aspects of Diabetes 9 The Diabetes Education Group will be holding its next meeting on Tuesday, at 7 p.m. at Ukiah Valley Medical Center, 1120 S. Dora St., Main Conference Room. The presentation is. titled "Emotional Aspects of Diabetes" and will be given by Richard Gardiner, M.D., a psychiatrist and member of the medical staff of Ukiah Valley Medical Center. For more information, call 463-7349. Is Granny getting loaded? KRT Infographics/PAULTRAP As science makes progress, the number of years for the average lifetime increases. As this time increases, the segment of senior citizens in our population also increases. Our society pictures the young and the healthy in our commercials and advertisements, which emphasize youthful activity and appearance. Depression and substance abuse are two problems that cross most socioeconomic groups, including age. One out of eight people will require treatment for depression in their lifetime and about that same number warrant treatment for substance abuse. Unfortunately these problems are not ones we grow out of and may actually become worse as we age. The' lives of drug-addicted people are usually so stressful that people either clean up or die before they reach the Golden Years. (Golden Years will not be defined here because they seem to occur later and later as I get older and older, but do not smirk because we all chronologically age at the same rate.) The abusers and users of illegal drugs who get the opportunity to become senior citizens usually switch to alcohol or prescription drugs because of the ease of acquisition. The most common reasons given by people for abusing substances are depression and being uncomfortable. Both of these problems are common in our older population. Depression and discomfort are often associated with a person's personal and family medical history, a lack of social support and stressful life events. As we are a selfish species, each age group is so caught up with its own problems that we are often caught by Gingrich calls for drug testing in schools Associated Press MARIETTA, Ga. — Schools need to do whatever it takes to keep drugs out, even if it means mandatory drug testing for students, House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Saturday. "If necessary, we need to test kids, and that should be a condition of going to school," Gingrich told about 100 parents attending a drug-awareness seminar in his district north of Atlanta. "If you want your child to be in school and that child behaves in a way that is suspicious, they should have the right to test him or immediately send him home." He said the war on drugs can be won but new methods of fighting are needed, such as drug-sniffing dogs in schools and sentencing reform. "If you find someone who's doing drugs, make part of their sentence contingent on turning in the dealer," he said to audience applause. Whatever You're Doing, You're Doing for Two Suiter Lakeside Women's Practice 5196 Hill Rd. East Ste. 303 Lakeport 262-5088 Being a good mother starts before the baby is born. When you're pregnant, what you're doing, you're doing for two. If you are smoking, so is your baby. If you're drinking or taking drugs, so is your baby. If you're taking care of yourself, eating right and getting a proper amount of exercise, so is your baby.. Cheryl Northey, M.D. and Laura Diana, M.D. Board Certified in OB/GYN Our Commitment To The Community If you suspect you are pregnant, our medical services for pregnancy testing, physician visits, prenatal care, delivery and post partum care are provided regardless of your ability to pay. Obstetrics Gynecology Infertility Menopause Amniocentesis Laparoscopy Preconception Surgery Family Planning •Medi-Cal Outreach Worker on site! OUR ADDICTED SOCIETY By BOB GARDNER, M.D. surprise when we start to deal with the problems of aging. Henry Ford said anyone who stops learning is old whether they are at 20 or 80 years of age. Traits that long-living people have in common are strong, positive attitudes, a good sense of humor and the ability to not take things or themselves too seriously- Problems that shorten lives and increase the risk of depression and drug abuse are boredom, loneliness, stress, pain, poor nutrition and lack of exercise. As we age, there are changes in physical, mental, social and economic areas that can lead to depression and substance abuse. Physically, we change as we get older and body parts start to wrinkle and sag. Our hair starts to thin or at least turn gray and body parts that always worked in the past may become stiff, or worse yet, not. As we age, we lose some of our productive hobbies and activities and may have our self- esteem drop and become bored. Emotionally, we may feel more vulnerable to disease, injury, or falling prey to the rampant crime in our society, such as physical assault. Friends and partners die, which can foster fear and feelings of isolation. If we are used to cooking for two and our partner is gone, our nutrition may suffer. Various fears arise, such as running out of money, being alone, or getting sick or injured. As we lose the ability to get around in our cars or on our feet, we often cannot visit our friends, and we become isolated and lonely. As we retire, we may lose healthy activity that kept our minds busy. It can be discouraging to no longer be able to do the recreational activities we did when we were younger. We may still feel 20 years old, but the body will remember that it may have been 50 years since we last tried a certain activity. The solutions for depression and addiction in seniors are the same as for teenagers or other adults. One of the basic items for health is a healthy support system and positive activity. Since attitude is crucial in effecting aging, a decision needs to be made. The decision is to be sick or to be well. Even if we decide to be well, we may not get the cooperation of our bodies and the world, but there is no harm in making the effort. We have nothing to lose except some pain and suffering. The Golden Years may give us time, energy and resources to make a difference. Younger people need a good example because the world can be a mess. Volunteering, service groups, clubs, exercise classes and travel are all healthy positive activities that will keep us young and healthy. A support system is made up of friends and family, so stay in touch with people you care about. Pay at least as much attention to your nutrition as you would to the gas and oil that you put in your car. In order to function best we need good fuel, including vitamins. Be careful with alcohol, pain medicines and tranquilizers. There is physical and emotional pain such as arthritis, broken bones and loss of friends that may be tempt you to utilize addicting drugs. Use as little as you need for as short a time as you can without excessive suffering. Stretching, yoga and vigorous exercise are the activities to pursue if you want to keep the body you have useful and youthful. Believe in yourself and your higher power, stay busy and walk proud and only get LOADED with happiness and productive activities. Questions and comments can be addressed at the Ukiah Senior Center at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 15. "Dr. Bob" Gardner specializes in addiction medicine, and works in the Mendocino Community Health Clinic's drug and alcohol treatment program. Questions may be sent to him at: Mendocino Community Health Clinic, Inc., Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program, 333 Laws Ave., Ukiah, CA 95482. 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